So while we were having rotten luck with boats, Andrew's friend Karl (that we had gone moose hunting with earlier in the week) goes out and bags a moose. Sunday morning Andrew and I went out with Karl and his wife and 2 kids to collect the rest of the moose - including the head because some people eat the nose. Kinda cool, kinda weird. It's just amazing how big moose are. Katy showed me how to make yogurt that afternoon.....if you want yogurt in the bush, you better make it yourself. And that night she took me for a steam, which I was really glad to get to experience. Alaskan steaming is sort of like a sauna, except a whole heck of a lot hotter. There's a giant wood-burning stove in a room with wooden benches to sit on, and basins of cold water. When water is in short supply, this is how a lot of people bathe - you sit and sweat to high heaven, then use the water in the basin to wash up. It works really well and is incredibly refreshing.
This morning I had to pack up and say goodbye to everyone. I made sure to take some pictures of the school and the kids. They are actually planning a trip in May to Boston and Orlando for 2 weeks. Half the kids have never left Alaska, or swam in salty water, and none of them has ever ridden a rollercoaster! So in Boston they will get to learn more about American history, give a cultural presentation at a school, see the harbour and some museums, then take a train to Orlando where they will visit the ocean and Universal Studios. The school board just approved the trip. It sounds like a great experience for all the kids to me. They are working hard doing jobs to help earn money, making things (like the flies they tied last week) to sell, and running a school shop where you can buy snacks. If anyone is interested in donating, click here to go to their website.
As for me today, I grabbed a flight on the bush plane back to Anchorage, borrowed Andrew and Katy's van to do a little sight-seeing, and ate at a place called the Bear Tooth Pub and Theater. You order your food and they bring it while you are watching a movie. There's also a bar in the back of the theater that sells local brews so you can refresh your drink without having to miss anything. Very neat. I returned the van to the air field, called a cab, and made it to the Anchorage airport where I am waiting to head to Seattle, to Chicago, to Dublin. Time to go.